fervent

adjective
fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in
Recent Examples on the Web His dedication to narratives surrounding acceptance and tolerance secured him a unique place in music as a beloved star with a fervent and loyal audience — but without a big Billboard Hot 100 hit under his belt. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 2 May 2022 The crowd was nearly full and fervent in its response to the gritty vocals of lead singer King, and the band’s heady mix of blues, blistering rock and bright horns. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2022 Just as fervent in her belief was Lydia Mychislavena, a caretaker in the city’s Alexander Nevsky church. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Interviews and other footage are edited together into a fervent and intricate mosaic that intertwines past and present, and combines the interview subjects’ experiences with their understanding of Tipton’s life. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 What does seem clear is that Boudicca’s spiritual beliefs seemed just as fervent and uncanny to the Romans as those of the Druids on Mona. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 14 May 2021 So the local party structure has been supplanted by few but fervent activists who can push extreme agendas. David Lebedoff, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 But in 2019, after a performance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, fans were fervent and wanted more. Grace Ann Natanawan, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 Those Shishmaref supporters were as fervent as any group of fans on Thursday, decked out in green to match the school’s colors. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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17 May 2022

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“Fervent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervent. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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fervent

adjective
fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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